I just woke up from a nap that ran around four hours too long (last night was a late one) but I’m awake just in time to write a few notes while Bama beats Ohio State. I’ll be back on tomorrow with a full day of stuff, so check in throughout the day whenever is convenient.
Hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve and Happy 2015 and all that.
Damien Harris to play in the Under Armour All-American bowl tomorrow.
After what feels like months of Vines and interviews from the action down in St. Petersburg, Damien Harris and his fellow Under Armour All-Americans will finally suit up and play actual football tomorrow afternoon. The game is set for a 4:00 pm kickoff on ESPN2. UK target Marcus Lewis will also participate.
Once the game is over and he’s back in Kentucky, Harris will have one week to determine where he will play college football next fall. The nation’s No. 1 running back plans to make his announcement January 9 from his high school. He’s down to Alabama, Ohio State and the Cats.
Also tomorrow: Antonio Blakeney will announce his decision.
Five-star scoring guard Antonio Blakeney is scheduled to announce his college decision on ESPNU tomorrow during halftime of his game. The game tips off at 4:30 so look for the announcement to come a little after 5:00.
Blakeney is deciding between LSU, Kentucky and Missouri with LSU as the presumed favorite among most of the people who cover this stuff.
Camp Cal is going well.
Reports out of the Joe Craft Center suggest things are going well during “Camp Cal,” UK’s nine days of practice before conference play. In fact, it’s going so well, Marcus Lee tweeted his excitement about practice.
Can't wait for today's practice! It's ganna be a great one! #TheGrind
— Marcus Lee (@SuperKingMe) January 1, 2015
The team is working hard to catch its offense up with its defense during this stretch and Tony Barbee said on Monday it’ll be scary for everyone else once that happens.
Poor Ole Miss might be in for a long one on Tuesday.
Jeff Goodman believes Tyler Ulis should be in charge, not Andrew Harrison.
Jeff Goodman churned out some nice words about Tyler Ulis over at ESPN.com today. You can read it here. While I don’t particularly care what Goodman usually has to say about Kentucky, he did have some interesting stuff from people who know basketball. Goodman polled 36 coaches and NBA execs about what lineup they believe Kentucky should have on the floor in crunch time and every single one of them named Tyler Ulis.
“It’s not even close between Ulis and Andrew Harrison,” one NBA’er told Goodman. “Ulis helps the team. He moves the ball, is a better passer and is just as good a shooter, probably better. Andrew Harrison doesn’t do much to make his teammates better. He wants to bully his way to score, and most of his passes go to his brother. He plays like he grew up playing 1-on-1 against his brother in the driveway.”
I love both players equally and can’t wait to see how Andrew responds next game.
So this is funny…
John Calipari wished everyone a Happy New Year.
Happy New Year! Let’s all continue to dream big dreams, to attack adversity w/vigor, & realize that when one door closes, another one opens. Also, let’s all try to create hope for others where there seems to be none and spend a little time every day being kind to someone. It’s hard to fall off the wagon when those are your New Year’s resolutions.
Then he questioned himself:
As the coach at Kentucky and as we move forward, I question myself in this regard: How can we have more fun and enjoy this unusual team? How can I keep them curious so complacency doesn’t set in? How do I make sure they continue to keep the clutter away? How do I keep them together so that they handle adversity together and collectively so no one feels overwhelmed?
I’m not sure it’s possible to have much more fun than demolishing Kansas and UCLA and then beating Louisville in Louisville. But I guess we’ll find out in the next few months.
Is it March yet?